Monday, July 1, 2013

We're living In Swiss Cheese With A Door.

Jeffro doesn't always work like crazy, but when he does,
 
I practice somewhat questionable hygiene, don't pick up the razor as much as I ought to, and a lot of kiddie food is served at dinner time.  Because why would I bust my buns to prepare a delicious meal that my kids will hate and cry about?

Definition of insanity, right there.

Also,



I put holes in walls.

"We're living in swiss cheese with a door."

"Are you testing missiles here, or what?"

Name that movie.

Ohhhh yeee-ah. . . .the hubs def has to be working some overtime for me to be able to do this kind of Van Damme-age.  And it is a dang good thing I waited 'til he was a little preoccupied, too--

'cause while I would have sworn up and down that this wall didn't have any wiring in it, fo sho--
 


HELLO.  Not only does it have wiring in it, but it has the main power to the entire freaking house.

JACKPOT!  BINGO!  SHE SHOOTS, SHE SCORES!! 

Dudes, my husband does electrical crap for a living.  He would have killed me, then asked questions later.  I had to patch this up right quick. 

(Good thing I was extremely careful when I cut into this wall "that has absolutely nothing in it").

So my plans got changed.  Like, a lot.  But we work with what we have!  We get what we get and we don't throw a fit!  And plus the wall was already swiss cheese, hello, so it's not like there was any going back!

Betcha didn't know that there's magnetic beadboard.

That's 'cause there isn't. But I put a piece of metal flashing behind my beadboard and although not strong, it makes for a decent magnet board.   Also, I hate scouts.

And not only does this wall have the power to the entire house in it, but it also has fire blocks every 2 feet or so. Yeah. Didn't see that one coming, either.

Wouldn't have been more surprised if I woke up with my head sewn to the carpet then I am right now.

 

When I win, I really win.

So! Jimmy-rigged magnet board up top,



and a folder holder contraption on the bottom.

How would you feel about my use of the word, "concraption" from now on? Yes, I too find it to be very descriptive and spot on, good fellow.

And it works!

 

Here comes the good part--trimming this puppy out.



And I was all like Daddy Warbucks here with the Mona Lisa, and I stood back, paused to take it in, and was like, "I don't like it! Send it back!"

Tore it down. I felt it to be too top heavy.

  I ended up going with a simple craftsman-style route: Bam.



Little mail slot next to the massive power conduit, and I pronounced it finished.

  Here we have the "Command Center" (or "Clutter Decrapifier") before,



and again, the after.



Between you and me, I think that "DREAM" sign is pretty cheese. I plan on switching stuff around constantly, so I can stare at this wall and say, "Oooh, you have so many looks."

I feel very strongly that every house should have a fire extinguisher.  And a built-in.  I really do.  So watch for the tutorial on this-- direct from the girl who found the main power in the house.

14 comments:

What's next said...

you are my hero. If I keep offering I know one day you will want to come to lovely (or flat and dusty) West Texas to show me what tools to buy and how to use them...
And I love the vacation quote!!!

Elisha Albretsen @ Pneumatic Addict Furniture said...

"Ahh, home crap home". I just watched Money Pit like 3 days ago and laughed so hard I almost cried. Is it ironic that it made me want to remodel my house? I love the command center. I keep trying to convince my husband that we need to cut holes in our walls and install shelving. Maybe I just need to wait till he's gone and go for it. Easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.

Susan - Uniquely Yours or Mine said...

I love the way it is built in and your ability to trim out everything with such ease makes me jealous :)

SueAnn Lommler said...

This turned out so well! Gorgeous!
Love how you played discovery! Ha Ha Ha
I am glad I am not the only one who does things like that!
Hugs
SueAnn

Suesan Kennard said...

Lovely. When are you coming to Ohio. I have a bookshelf in my kitchen that is just waiting for you to be built! :D

Libby said...

It looks great! Hmmm maybe next time hubbens is away at a conference I'll get a built-in done.

I LOVE Scouts! Especially since our church doesn't allow for fundraising so the boys do more stuff than other troops. Cubs is the best calling EVER!

J Young said...

Such a good movie, I actually did a post back in April where I talked about that movie: http://www.littledovecreations.blogspot.com/2013/04/that-sinking-feeling.html.
Also, you are amazing, could you come do some built ins in my house? Pretty please?

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Unknown said...

Okay, so I'm a Resltor and Do-It-Yourself Junkie myself, but as much "oooh" and "ahhh" I do at each and everyone of your blog posts, I find myself wondering what the house as a whole looks like.... Because I find projects hard to take on when I can't imagine the bigger picture. Help me understand and do a virtual tour of your house.... PLEASE, it would make me sooooo happy. And how could you deny a fan of a complete sneak peak into your world???? :-)

The Peytons said...

I need DIY help, and you haven't covered it yet, so I'm throwing it out there as a suggested upcoming post!

I cut a hole in the wall on the outside of my bathroom (on our loft) and found a 3ft. Thick vapor barrier between the shower and exterior wall (I know this is common). But that's three feet of space that I want to turn into a linen closet.... Can I buy a thinner vapor barrier if I install a closet? I think I can do it myself if I can figure out the vapor barrier problem! Lol! My husband hates the holes!! Haha

committedgifts said...

I admire your gumption! I didn't have the nerve to cut into the wall to get organized, but I did find a decent wall-hung organizer at Goodwill. While I thought it would take 2 minutes to hang, because, you know, I can wield a level and measuring tape like nobody's business, it took forever. I linked back to your post here: http://committedgifts.wordpress.com/2013/07/20/sure-fire-picture-hangin/
Thanks for the inspiration! Loving your blog.

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